Rappers – The A-Z 8

Rappers A-Z (Joe Moses – Lil Reese)

First (2Chainz – Beanie Man) <> Second (Belly – Cassie) <> Third (Cee-Lo Green – Cypher Clique) <> Fourth (D.R.A.M – Doe B) <> Fifth Dom Kennedy – Flume <> Sixth (FlyLo – J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League) <> Seventh (Ja Rule – Joe Budden)  <> Eighth (Joe Moses – Lil Reese) <> Ninth (Lil Scrappy – zHUNDRED)

Joe Moses Joe Moses is an emerging emcee from Los Angeles, California who divides his time between L.A., Atlanta and New York. Currently operating under Waka Flocka Flame’s Brick Squad Monopoly label, he’s also the CEO of the Allout Bosses (AOB) imprint.
Joey Fatts When a person defeats all the odds and ends up on top, there’s gonna be haters about with salt on their keyboards. Fortunately, Joey Fatts doesn’t let it faze him. A survivor of homelessness, gang violence, and family alcoholism, the Long Beach rapper-producer has seen things much worse than what the Internet can spit at him. Encouraged to rap in 2011 by his cousin Vince Staples, Master Fatts started crunching out mixtapes for the street ever since he gave up on his dreams of playing college football. Recording songs on a stolen laptop, Fatts was found online by the late/great ASAP Yams. This discovery brought the young hustler to the ears of Lord Flacko who used one of Fatts’s beats for “Jodye,” a bonus track on Long. Live. ASAP. Since then, Fatts has continued working with the ASAP Mob, and had the opportunity to collaborate with hip-hop immortals like Snoop Dogg, Danny Brown, and The Game. In March 2016, the California dreamer released his highly anticipated fifth mixtape I’ll Call You Tomorrow.
Joey Purp Determined to provide over-the-counter medication for your third eye, SaveMoney co-founder Joey Purp is making himself stand out in one of the most talented hip-hop collectives around. His debut project The Purple Tape may have dropped in 2012, but it wasn’t until 2016 when the people really started paying attention. That year, Joey Purp dropped his lauded follow-up tape iiiDrops, with features from some of the rapper’s extraordinary pals (Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Saba). Purp doesn’t depend on his friendships, however, ripping tracks apart on his dolo like he don’t know nobody (see: “Photobooth”). With a breakout tape like this one, expect the hype train to chase Joey all the way to the top.
Johnny Cinco If most southern spitters sip codeine, Johnny Cinco must be the drug’s manifestation in rapper form. Atlanta’s last hope out the trap, Johnny Cinco is pumping out content like a robot bent on stealing human jobs. Signed to Quality Control, one of the hottest labels on the planet in the past few years, the Georgia rapper has made some serious noise for himself with mixtapes like Trap Religious and I Swear, both released in 2015. An ongoing beef with Rich Homie Quan couldn’t stop the kid, and Johnny Cinco is the type of rapper to take a conflict and turn it into his hottest record. Cinco’s 2013 banger “They Gave The Wrong Young Nigga Money,” released in 2013, was almost definitely a direct shot at RHQ. We can’t wait to hear what his next hurdle inspires.
JR Writer J.R. Writer is a Harlem spitter and freestyle champion affiliated with Cam’ron’s Diplomats conglomerate. Since officially stepping foot in the game in 2003, he’s released two studio albums and a staggering thirteen mixtapes, having collaborated with Cassidy, Fred Money, Lloyd Banks, Tito Green, Ransom, Drag-On, Sen City, Paul Wall, T.W.O., Duke Da God, A-Money, Vado, Jae Millz, AraabMuzik and more throughout his ten year career.
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Juelz Santana Continuing Harlem’s tradition of producing talented hip-hop artists is Juelz Santana. He has been a household name in the hip-hop world for more than a decade. He began his rapping career in 1995, and has since released two studio albums and six mixtapes. His second album ‘What the Game’s Been Missing’ went gold and topped the U.S. rap charts. In 2000, Santana joined fellow Harlem-natives Cam’ron and Jim Jones to form The Diplomats, or Dipset for short. The group has released two albums and several other projects, the most notorious of which being ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ that certified gold. Santana has collaborated with many big-name artists besides Cam’ron and Jones, including Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Yelawolf, Chris Brown, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Wale, Jadakiss, Wiz Khalifa, LL Cool J, Future, and Sean Kingston, as well as producers Just Blaze and The Heatmakerz, among others. Dipset took a few-year hiatus, but reunited in 2010. In an interview in 2013, Santana said that Dipset has discussed both going on tour and making more music. In the mean time, Santana announced that he is working on his third album ‘Born to Lose, Built to Win’ and that it will be executive produced by Lil Wayne. Expect it to drop early in 2014.
Juicy J Reigning Trippy King and a founding Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J experienced a major career resurgence in 2013 after signing with Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang Records. His chart-topping single “Bandz A Make Her Dance”, produced by Mike Will Made It, was directly responsible for the rap game’s renewed obsession with strip club culture.
Justin Bieber Only nineteen-years-old, Canadian Justin Bieber has already accomplished what most artists could only dream of achieving in a lifetime. The pop icon has released three studio albums, and his 2009 debut EP “My World” certified platinum in the US. The teen has become a sensation around the world. Bieber has been nominated for 150 major awards, including two Grammys. Since beginning his career in 2008, he has collaborated with many major artists including Sean Kingston, Usher, The-Dream, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Nicki Minaj, Mike Posner, Drake, Big Sean, Babyface, Jaden Smith, R. Kelly, Chance The Rapper, Chris Brown, Far East Movement, wil.i.am, Tyga, Soulja Boy, and Asher Roth along with numerous others. In January 2014, Bieber was arrested for DUI in Miami. He was charged with DUI, as well as resisting arrest and driving with an expirer license, and subsequently was subject to much criticism all over social media. In terms of what to expect in the future from Bieber, artists Kid Cudi and T.I. both confirmed that they have been collaborating with the pop sensation. Bieber has yet to announce plans for his next project.
Justin Timberlake Although a Pop / R&B icon, Justin Timberlake has engaged the rap game in a big way in 2013, buddying up with Jay Z and Drake and rekindling his working relationship with Timbaland – all of which took place after a seven-year hiatus from the music scene in general. Throughout his extensive 21-year career, the former ‘N Sync front man has collaborated with the likes of Nelly, Charlie Wilson, Snoop Dogg, The Lonely Island, Nelly Furtado, 50 Cent, Madonna, Beyonce, T.I., Dr. Dre, Missy Elliot, Ciara, The Game, Esmee Denters, Jamie Foxx, Lady Gaga, FreeSol and more. Most recently, he released his two-part, platinum-selling album The 20/20 Experience and wrapped the Legends Of The Summer Stadium Tour with Jay Z. He’s currently contributing to T.I. and Nas’ new albums, and is preparing to embark on the “The 20/20 Experience” World Tour. Oh yeah, he’s also up for seven awards at the 56th Annual GRAMMY awards.
Juvenile NOLA-born Juvenile launched into the spotlight after his club banger “Back That Azz Up” dropped in 1999 under Cash Money Records. The hit remains a classic to this day. Four years later he released his album Juve the Great with the hit “Slow Motion,” which topped the charts. He has since released five more albums but none have reached the success of his hits “Back That Azz Up” and “Slow Motion.” He is set to release another album in 2015 titled 800 Degreez. Juvenile has had beef with Cash Money Records in the past (mainly financial issues), but he finally made a return to the label earlier in 2015.
K Camp K Camp is relatively new to the scene and was featured in the 2015 XXL Magazine Freshman Class. He released his debut album Only Way Is Up in 2015, although it was a rather quiet release. He’s known to create catchy melodies, with singles like “Cut Her Off” and “Comfortable” possibly being bigger than the rapper himself.
K. Michelle Singer K. Michelle came to fame in 2009 after signing a deal to Jive Records and releasing the single “Fakin’ It” with Missy Elliot. After several years of mild success and appearing on the VH1 series “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,” she landed a deal with Atlantic Records and released her studio album Rebellious Soul on August 13, 2013. The album was a hit, toping at the number 2 spot on the US Billboard 200 and number on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. She has worked with many artists including Meek Mill, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, J. Cole, Juicy J, Gucci Mane, Bobby V, August Alsina, Jadakiss, Lil Boosie, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo, and R. Kelly.
Kafani For those unaware, Kafani is an emerging emcee from Oakland, California and a member of the Babyface Assassins duo (alongside rapper Kashmere). Since stepping foot in the rap game in 2007, he’s released four studio albums, four mixtapes and four EPs, having collaborated with the likes of Keak Da Sneak, Freeway, Too Short, Amp Live, Yukmouth and many more. The last we heard of Kafani was the December 2013 single “Only Fuckin'”, which featured JR Hitz on the assist. He’s currently recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered in East Oakland in September 2013. Although there’s a chance he may never walk again, he’s remained optimistic. Stay tuned for updates on his career and condition, y’all.
Kamaiyah How does it feel to be rich? Kamaiyah’s about to find out. With the release of her debut mixtape A Good Night In The Ghetto in March 2016, anchored by the lead single “How Does It Feel,” Oakland’s next great hope is taking major strides forward. Two months after releasing her mixtape, Kamaiyah was featured alongside Drake on YG’s “Why You Always Hatin?” off of his much-anticipated Still Brazy, a huge look that most artists would kill for.
Kardinal Offishall One of the first Canadian hip-hop artists to achieve mainstream US success was Kardinal Offishall. Today the Toronto-native is considered among the best rappers and producers to hail from Canada. Since starting his career in 1994, Kardinal Offishall has released five studio albums along with several other projects, and has produced many of his own songs. As a rapper and producer, he has collaborated with many big-time artists including Estelle, Busta Rhymes, Clipse, Akon, Jake One, Nottz, Boi-1da, The-Dream, Rihanna, T-Pain, Pharrell, Keri Hilson, Fatman Scoop, Pitbull, Lil’ Jon, Method Man, David Banner, Talib Kweli, and others. Kardinal Offishall’s most recent project was his collaboration tape with producer Nottz in June 2012. The Canadian hip-hop vet has yet to announce any upcoming music.
Kat Dahlia Kat Dahlia went from a waitress in Miami to a nationwide star quicker than a Twista verse. Raised by Cuban-born parents, Dahlia quickly realized her passion for hiphop and began making music at an early age. In 2012, Dahlia was signed to new label, Vested in Culture, a joint project with Epic Records. Her first single, “Gangsta” came out in 2013 and got people talking. Since then, she’s released songs like “Money Party”, “Mirror”, and “Crazy”. Her new album “My Garden” is set for release early this year. With her on point lyrics and original flow, Dahlia is making quite the name for herself.
Kaytranada Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but raised on the South Shore of Montreal, Kaytranada is one of the most sought-after producers working in hip-hop today. Blowing up independently on Soundcloud with his Janet Jackson “If” remix, the producer born Louis Celestin quickly gained the opportunity to start working with some of the most exciting artists in music including Chance The Rapper, Anderson .Paak, and Syd The Kid. After building his hype for several years of touring and remixes, Kaytra’s trademark style came fully to fruition in May 2016 with the release of his debut studio album 99.9%. The critically acclaimed album has been accompanied by a worldwide headlining tour.
Kevin Durant Undoubtedly one of the best players in the NBA, Kevin Durant is an unruly force on the court and has been known to lay down some heavy bars. During his tenure as an Oklahoma City Thunder, KD has been named Rookie of the Year, is a 6 time All-Star, 4 time scoring champion, NBA All-Star Game MVP, and NBA MVP of the 2014 season.
Keyshia Cole Before the reality shows, Keyshia Cole was a successful urban singer with a distinct edge and a powerful voice. With endorsements from hip-hop legends such as MC Hammer and 2pac far before she became a household name, the Oakland-raised songstress released her debut album for A&M, “The Way it Is,” to impressive commercial success, following her earlier victories with radio play of her singles. The album featured Jadakiss and Chink Santana, but Keyshia was already working with a large number of Hip-Hop artists, appearing on tracks with Kanye West, Shyne, and Ghostface Killah. She continued to release album, to varying degrees of commercial success, and she continued as well to work with memorable artists, such as P. Diddy and R. Kelly. She is currently working on her sixth studio album and a mixtape. The announced mixtape is purported to have features from French Montana, Wale, Sean Kingston, and Future.
Khleo For those unfamiliar, Khleo ia an singer, emcee and actor born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, of all places. Since stepping foot in the game in 1998, he’s released four mixtapes and a studio album, having collaborated with the likes of Bow Wow, Ja-Bar, Soulja Boy, Stefon4u, Indigo Charlie, Malachi Mott, Amanda Leigh, The Good Boys and many more. The last we heard of Khleo was the June 2012 single “Fly Me Out To Cali”, which featured PeaceLife solider MANN on the assist. He’s currently working on his debut studio album, tentatively titled Juzt A Sample. Stay tuned for updates on his career, y’all – for more details, hit up khleothomas.com.
Kid Cudi Although his career’s been a bit rocky and/or inconsistent, Kid Cudi remains a beloved figure in the rap game, maintaining a devout, cult-like fan base. Multitalented, he not only raps but sings, plays guitar, produces and acts, having appeared on One Tree Hill, The Cleveland show and more.
Kid Ink Kid Ink is one of the most visible rappers to emerge from L.A. in recent years, effectively developing his career since singing with DJ Ill Will’s independent imprint Tha Alumni Music Group in 2010 (his YouTube views have exceeded 300 million at this point).
Kidd Kidd Curtis Stewart, better known by his stage name Kidd Kidd, is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was discovered by Lil Wayne while rapping on a street corner in New Orleans. He was one of the first members of the Young Money Entertainment record label, as a part of Southern hip hop group Squad Up, alongside fellow rappers Gudda Gudda and T-Streets. In 2004, disputes between members of the group and Lil Wayne caused them to leave the Young Money label and eventually disband. Kidd Kidd would later rejoin the label and make an appearance on Lil Wayne’s 2008 hit single “Mrs. Officer”, however after not appearing in the video, Kidd Kidd severed ties with Wayne once again. [WikiPedia]
Killa Kyleon For those unfamiliar, Killa Kyleon is a veteran emcee from Houston, Texas and a former member of Slim Thug’s Boss Hogg Outlawz collective. Since stepping foot in the rap game in 2001, he’s released a slew of projects and collaborated with the likes of Wiz Khalifa, DJ Drama, Mac Miller, Bambino and more, not to mention the majority of the artists currently operating in the Houston scene, both young and old. The last we heard of Kyleon was a February 2014 remix / freestyle of Jhene Aiko’s “The Worst”, from her 2013 EP Sail Out. Stay tuned for updates on his career, y’all. (For more information, hit up killakyleonrunit.com.)
Kim Kardashian Kim Kardashian requires no introduction. The reality star is of Armenian, Scottish and Dutch descent, and has been described as everything from a stylist, model and apparel retailer to a socialite, actress, and television personality. She also happens to be the mother of Kanye West’s child, North. As far as music goes, the Los Angeles native has released only one track, that being her 2011 single Jam (Turn It Up), which featured The-Dream. Half of the proceeds from the cut were donated to the Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphies, Tennessee. Most recently, she and Kanye got engaged, she appeared with him in the official video for his 2013 single Bound 2, and was the target of racial slurs from a naïve young Caucasian, who was subsequently beat down by Ye. She’s currently planning their wedding, which is to take place at the Palace of Versailles. Stay tuned.
King Chip King Chip, aka Chip tha Ripper, is best known for his collabs with Kid Cudi, who signed him to Wicked Awesome Records. His “chopped n screwed” style, along with his humorous lyrics spawned a large following, specifically from his “SLAB Freestyle” rap.In 2009, he was featured on Kid Cudi’s first album “Man on the Moon: End of Day,” which hit #3 on the Billboard Top 100. In 2011, Chip teamed up with The Cool Kids, and Freddie Gibbs, to form the hip-hop group P.O.C (Pulled Over by the Cops). He officially changed his name from Chip tha Ripper to King Chip in 2012, when he signed a deal with talent agency, “Creative Artists Agency.”
King Holiday King Holiday, a South Carolina native only began writing raps following the murder of his younger brother, Black Boi, who had his own aspirations of music stardom. Following a stint in Los Angeles, King Holiday migrated to Atlanta’s Old 4th Ward where he would began his musical endeavors. After forging a partnership with musical producer Kato (On The Track) of Funk Volume/SMKA, King Holiday fine tuned his sound and currently prepares for the release of his debut project. The lyricist exudes a confidence a la Cassius Clay, delivering effortless word play, unpredictable punchlines, and head bobbing hooks. The self-titled EP, scheduled for a March 2014 release, is a desperately needed breath of fresh air to revive a suffocating genre.
King Mez When Dr. Dre puts shine on an up and coming artist, the people swarm like bugs to a light bulb. King Mez, the 26-year-old spitter out of Raleigh, appreciates the look he’s gotten from his three features on Dre’s Compton LP (“Darkside/Gone,” “Satisfiction,” and “Talk About It”) and is sprinting forward with the love he’s received. Prior to being featured on Compton, the rapper born Morris W. Ricks II released three critically acclaimed mixtapes, and collaborated with fellow NC MC’s J. Cole and Rapsody. Be prepared to hear much more of this gritty voiced rapper’s rhymes in the years to come.
Kings Dead Kings Dead is a Boston-based music duo composed of producer Alexander Mendoza and Writer/MC Aziz “Sonny” Bouraima.  After releasing a series of critically acclaimed projects between 2010 and 2013, the group is set to release their forthcoming project “Utopia” in the Spring of 2014.
Kirk Knight Kirk Knight dabbles in both production and rapping as part of NYC’s burgeoning Pro Era crew. The Pro Era collective is led by Joey Bada$$, and includes a bunch of upcoming rappers from the city, including Kirk, CJ Fly, Nyck Caution, Dessy Hinds and more.
Kirko Bangz A relative newcomer to mainstream hip hop, Bangz entered the scene with quite a bang, with his big hit “Drank in My Cup.” The 2009 release of his first mixtape, “Procrastination Kills” got the attention of current manager D Will. Since then he’s released several other mixtapes slowly working his way up the ladder. His newest mixtape features guest appearances from Wale, French Montana, Paul Wall, and others. His first studio album is called “Bigger Than Me”.
KR (LA) For those unfamiliar, KR is an emerging emcee and songwriter from Los Angeles, California and the founder of the i$0Lyf3 movement, perhaps best known for his 2013 single / visual “Poetic Death 2”. His goal in this game is to bring hope to all the people out there with no voice.
Krayzie Bone A vital part of group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Krayzie Bone has made quite a name himself over the years. While making music with the group, he also embarked on his own solo career in the late 90’s, starting with the album “Thug Mentality 1999,” featuring appearances from Mariah Carey, Fat Joe, Snoop Dogg, and even Bone Thugs. The album went on to go platinum. In 2001 he released the album “Thug On Da Line.” Krayzie has been featured on a few songs as well, including “Ridin’” by Chamillionaire. Krayzie is currently working on his last solo studio album “Chasing The Devil,” set for release this year.
KRS-One KRS-One, AKA Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone, is a hip-hop forefather crucial to the culture’s evolution, not to mention of the greatest emcees to ever do it (hype notwithstanding). Since his beginnings with Boogie Down Productions in the mid-eighties, he’s released eleven studio albums, three collaborative albums and five compilations, having collaborated with the likes of Keva, Buckshot, True Master, Marley Marl, Showbiz, Bumpy Knuckles, Peedo, MC Lyte, Ice Cube, Peter Gunz, B-Real, Shaq, Cam’ron, Keith Murray, Killah Priest, Vigilante, Run, Redman, Prodigy and many more. He’s currently maintaining The Temple Of Hip-Hop (a society, ministry, archive and school he founded) and continues to tour in promotion of The Gospel Of Hip-Hop: The First Instrument, his 600-page treatise on the religious potential of the culture. He’s also working on a new studio album titled Just Like That. Stay tuned.
Kurupt Kurupt is a unique hip-hop artist because although he was born and raised in Philadelphia, he became affiliated with the west coast and played a role in the East Coast – West Coast rivalry. He is well known as one half of the west coast hip-hop duo Tha Dogg Pound along with Daz Dillinger. The duo has released seven studio-albums – the first of which, the 1995 project “Dogg Food”, certified 2x Platinum in the US. Kurupt has also had an active and successful solo career having released six studio-albums and several other projects. Since entering the hip-hop scene in the early 90’s, he has collaborated with scores of notable artists and producers including Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, Buckshot, Canibus, Joell Ortiz, E-40, Nate Dogg, The Lady of Rage, Xzibit, Beanie Sigel, Paul Wall, Ice Cube, Diddy, Game, Too Short, Pharrell, Cassidy, RBX, Warren G, KRS-One, M.O.P., Pete Rock, Cypress Hill, Lil Wayne, Tyrese, Tyga, and many others. In 2012, Kurupt’s ex-fiancee and successful R&B artist Natina Reed was killed and Kurupt covered the costs of her funeral. In terms of upcoming music, Kurupt announced in 2013 that there would be a collaborative album with Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony and Tha Dogg Pound. There are no details about the project yet, but stay posted as what should be an awesome collaboration could drop in 2014.
KXNG CROOKED Crooked I, a true veteran, is a member of the hip-hop group Slaughterhouse along with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce da 5’9”. His studio album Apex Predator reached number 33 on the US R&B charts. Crooked I has also worked with Xzibit, Daz Dillinger, Left Eye, Ja Rule, Eastwood, 2Pac, Yukmouth, E-40, The Game, Jim Jones, Snoop Dogg, Tech N9ne, Chamillionaire, and Eminem.
Kygo The words ‘tropical’ and ‘Norway’ used to hardly ever show up in the same sentence – at least until Kygo got introduced to the game, caught a buzz, and fuckin blew up. The Norwegian producer (he originates from the city of Bergen) is considered the godfather of Tropical House – meaning he didn’t give birth to the genre, but he’ll take care of raising it need be. Before releasing his debut studio album Cloud Nine in May 2016, the DJ born Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll was already selling out some of the largest venues in cities around the world. Most recently Young Kygo closed out the Rio Olympics, becoming the first electronic musician to ever do so. When Kygo’s ready to do some fire hip hop remixes, we’re ready too.
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L’Orange As you wind through a maze of alleyways, darkness falls and the sky glows a toxic orange…
Lady GaGa Lady Gaga released her debut solo album, “The Fame,” in 2008 which included the hits; “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” and “Bad Romance.” The album sold over 15 million copies worldwide, won two Grammy Awards, and made her the only artist in the digital era to reach the 5 million sales mark with her first two hits. She made headlines worldwide when she performed a duet with Elton John at the 52 Grammy Awards. She later wrote, “Fame Monster,” which consisted of eight songs and dropped in 2009; it included the hit singles, “Bad Romance,” “Alejandro,” and “Telephone,” which featured Beyonce. In 2011, she went on her worldwide tour, “The Montster Ball Tour,” which became one of the highest grossing tours of all time. That same year, her second album, “Born This Way,” sold 1.1 million copies in its first week. Her most recent album, “Artpop,” featured the hit songs “Applause,” and “Do What U Want,” which features R. Kelly.
Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill needs no introduction – despite recent setbacks, her legacy in both hip-hop and R&B will likely resound until their dissolution. She was a pioneer, an equally talented spitter and songstress who brought The Fugees to international acclaim alongside Wyclef Jean and Pras (not to mention her eight-times-platinum, GRAMMY-award-winning solo debut The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill). She dropped out of the public eye in 2001, citing dissatisfaction with the music industry and the spotlight in general, but has slowly remerged in recent years, her music having taken on a much more political bent (see “Neurotic Society”, “Repercussions” and “Consumerism”). Throughout her 23-year career, she’s collaborated with D’Angelo, Method Man, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Paid & Live, Nas and more. Unfortunately, she served a three-month prison sentence for tax evasion in late 2013, but is now in the midst of a homecoming tour, having written a letter of recognition to fans as well. We at HNHH wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Layzie Bone If you’ve even sort of heard of the group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, then you’ve definitely heard of Layzie Bone. The Cleveland-born rapper is also a member of group Bone Brothers and the CEO of record label Harmony Howse Entertainment. Besides being a vital part of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, which got its start in Los Angeles, Layzie has also crafted his own solo career. His first solo album “Thug By Nature” was released in 2001, and since then he’s released several more. By 2013, Layzie announced that he was going to take a break from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and focus on his solo career. His newest album “Perfect Timing” is set for release later this year.
Lex Luger Lexus Arnel Lewis aka Lex Luger is a producer out of Virginia. He’s produced several bangers such as “H•A•M” by Kanye West and Jay-Z, “Hard in da Paint” by Waka Flocka Flame, and “Blowin’ Money Fast” by Rick Ross. He has also worked with Ace Hood, Snoop Dogg, Wale, Jeremih, Drake, T.I., and Lil Wayne. He is also teamed up with Canadian DJ A-Trak under the name Low Pros. He’s known for his hard-hitting style of trap music, often including 808s, snare drums and synths.
Lil Bibby Lil Bibby is a rising rapper from Chicago, who dropped his debut project Free Crack in November 2013 to much fanfare. He’s associated with the drill movement from the Chi, although his music isn’t necessarily drill, as he’s got soulful influences as well. He’s currently working on an EP titled The Book.
Lil Dicky Who would have thought the Rodney Dangerfield of the rap game would actually be getting his mainstream respect? It’s all part of the plan for David Burd AKA Lil Dicky AKA White Jesus, a Jewish kid from the suburbs of Philly with ambitions to double his bar mitzvah dough with rap show money. And he’s probably done it twice over, without a deal. Blowing up literally overnight with his viral hit “Ex-Boyfriend,” Young Dick kept the view count growing with a steady stream of hilarious yet poignant songs and videos featuring his undeniably filthy white man flow. Self-released in 2015, his debut album Professional Rapper went to number seven on the US Billboard 200, an extraordinary feat in any era but today. Most recently, it was announced that Lil Dicky was to be featured on the XXL Freshman List for 2016, a sure sign that Mr. Burd is not a spitter to be doubted anytime soon.
Lil Durk Lil Durk has always been one of the most consistent members of the Chicago drill scene, but was overshadowed by Chief Keef’s monstrous hype. With Keef now operating in weirder and more low-key territory, Durk has risen as the city’s current flagbearer of street rap. His single “Dis Ain’t What You Want,” which arrived as a stronger and more paranoid update of his already terrific “L’s Anthem,” captured a lot of attention, and his full length, Signed To The Streets delivered on the promise of the track. Durk proved he could handle an entire project solo, and refined his triumphant yet world-weary croon. On top of his deal with Def Jam, Durk crewed up with French Montana’s Coke Boys. He even tried to release a new mixtape in the first week of the new year, but was stopped by his label – which means his debut album can’t be too far away. Stay tuned.
Lil Kim Today’s generation of Hip Hop fans probably see her as more of a cartoon character than a big time player in the game of Hip Hop, but Queen Bee has had a long and illustrious career, and an extensive catalog of hits.  Her roots are deep in the BK, getting her start under the tutelage of Biggie Smalls and as part of Junior M.A.F.I.A.  She had a brash, in your face style that has faded somewhat in recent years, but resigned supreme for over a decade.  Her debut album “Hard Core” was certified double platinum and produced three #1 singles in a row, a record for a female MC.  She is also the only female rapper besides Missy Elliot to have 3 albums go platinum, though Nicki Minaj is not far behind.  Some argue her best album, The Naked Truth, was released in the middle of her year long prison sentence for lying to a grand jury about her friend’s involvement in a shooting outside Hot 97.  She has collaborated with countless artists including Notorious B.I.G., Diddy, Left Eye of TLC, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Twista, Young Jeezy and Ludacris.  Her new mixtape was scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2013, but has been pushed back multiple times, and there is no concrete date set for it’s release.
Lil Mouse It’s not everyday that you come across a thirteen-year-old who is rapping about gangs in Chicago or collaborating with Lil Wayne. Lil Mouse is an exception. The Chicago-native released a mixtape in 2012 called “Mouse Trap”. He gained mainstream attention when his track “Get Smoked” was featured on Lil Wayne’s “Dedication 4” mixtape in 2012.
Lil Reese For those unfamiliar, Lil Reese is an emerging Chicagoan emcee directly affiliated with Chief Keef’s Glo Gang (formerly the Glory Boyz). Despite ongoing legal troubles, he’s been making a name for himself since appearing on Keef’s hit single “I Don’t Like” in 2012. Throughout his young career, he’s already released five mixtapes and collaborated with the likes of Waka Flocka Flame, Wale, No I.D., Johnny May Cash, Young Jeezy, Twista, Funkmaster Flex, Rick Ross, Drake, Cap 1, Juelz Santana, Jay Stonez, Frenchie, Freddie Gibbs and more, not to mention his main Chicago brethren. The last we heard of Reese was his September 2013 mixtape Supa Savage. Stay tuned for updates on his career, y’all. (For more information, hit up lilreese300.com.)